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Antique Princess Mary 1914 Brass Cigarette Tin with Cigarettes & Tobacco

11 May

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I have already sold this item on ebay, but I wanted to showcase it here as it was a really unique and wonderful item and had survived 100 years in remarkable condition.

Antique Brass Cigarette/Tobacco Tin, given to the troops by Princess Mary as a gift for Christmas during World War I in 1914.   Tin measures 5″ long x 3 1/2″ wide x 1 1/8″ high.
If the soldier didn’t smoke, the same tins containing chocolate or candy or other small items were given instead of tobacco.

Embossed with the following on the lid: Princess Mary’s silhouette surrounded by Laurel Leaves and the letters M on either side; Christmas 1914, Imperium Britannicum, Russia, France, Belgium, Japan, Servia, and Monte Negro.

The tin contained the original packs of Tobacco, Cigarettes and the presentation card from Her Royal Highness Princess Mary wishing Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and Victorious New Year, Christmas Fund 1914. The cigarette pack was opened with 19 cigarettes remaining in the pack.  Each cigarette has a Princess Mary logo on the paper.  The package of tobacco was unopened.

Recently on TV, on a documentary about the Coast of Scotland, my ears perked up when I heard the commentator mention  a brass cigarette tin from Princess Mary that survived a shipwreck off the coast of Scotland at the end of the first world war.  The tin was identical to the one in the above photo and it was all the woman had to remember her husband by after the shipwreck.  His body was never recovered.

The following is from Wikipedia:

The Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish island of Lewis. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of the 31 December 1918. But, at 2:30am on New Year’s Day, as the ship approached the port of Stornoway, a few yards offshore and a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour, she hit the infamous rocks “The Beasts of Holm”, and eventually sank. The final death toll was officially put at 205, of whom 181 were islanders, but as the ship was badly overcrowded and there was a lack of proper records the death toll could have been slightly higher. John F. Macleod from Ness, Isle of Lewis, saved 40 lives, swimming ashore with a heaving line, along which many of the survivors made their way to safety. Only 75 of the 280 (officially known) passengers survived the disaster, 73% perished in the incident.

 

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Bjorn Wiinblad Nymolle Pottery Ceramic Plaques, Mid Century

6 Mar

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Whimsical plaques by Bjorn Wiinblad, a Danish designer, for Nymolle pottery company in Norway in the 60’s or possibly early 70’s.  This is a complete set of 12, one for each month of the year.  All are done in black and white and are in very nice condition.  The surfaces of most of them are crazed slightly, but there is no discolouration or damage.  They have a small hole to thread a ribbon or piece of leather through, so they can be hung for display. They could be  used as trivets as well.  Each measures approx. 6″ in diameter and approx. 1/4″ thick.

These plaques will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON

Priced at $95 for the set.

Please note these items are now SOLD!!

Vintage Noma Whirl Glo Christmas Tree Light Shades

23 Feb

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These are Box #1 and Box #2 in a set of 2 boxes of revolving Christmas tree light shades that were made for Noma Lites Canda Limited, in Japan.  There are 4 different designs in each box.  These are very delicate and it is amazing that they have survived intact all these years. They date back to 1937.

They are papier mache shades with Christmas designs on them, painted by famous American artists. They are placed over a bulb and the heat from the bulb makes them revolve.  Back then, they retailed at approx. 5 cents each and were sold in boxes of 4, like mine, and in boxes of 10.

Fascinating and beautiful to look at.

Please note these items are now SOLD!!!

Pink 1950’s Mixmaster Junior by Sunbeam

7 Dec

 

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This mid century Mixmaster Junior by Sunbeam works perfectly.  The beaters turn easily and the motor sounds great.  Obviously well used and loved by some baker somewhere, there are lots of scuff marks on the surface but the pink colour is much rarer to come by than the chrome or white.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte, ON.  Just 30 minutes west of the city of Ottawa.

Priced at $25.00.

White Painted Metal Ashtray Holder and Magazine Rack 1950’s

31 Aug

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Purchased at an estate sale, this small white painted metal stand is in great condition.  It is a multi purpose stand: Ashtray holder, Magazine Rack, Telephone table.  Looks great with the vintage  stools.  Paint shows some minor scuffing.

The red push button phone is a more recent model, from the 1980’s, in good working order, priced at $20.00

This stand is available at my booth at 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON, at the Almonte Antiques Market.

Priced at $22.00

Please note: The stand and the turquoise stool, red stool and phone are now SOLD!!!

Vintage Water Pitcher, Asian Theme

7 Mar

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It was a week  for finding beautiful items in shades of blue this week.  This pitcher is absolutely lovely.  I don’t know anything much about it  as there are no markings on the bottom but I believe it would be made in China or Japan for the export market.  Textured finish gives it some definition to the glaze.   It is quite large, about 10″ tall.  This will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market for $45.00.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!

Vintage Hanes Hosiery Box

18 Feb

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Wonderful vintage Hanes Hosiery Box.  The sides of the box are green velvet and the picture on the top is a silky material depicting a scene from Godey’s Ladies of Fashion.   What a lovely box for keepsakes.

Please Note: This item is now SOLD!